Pennsylvania has enacted a pilot program to measure how screening and evidence-based reading instruction can improve reading performance and reduce special education referrals.
The program begins in the fall 2015 and will run for three years in three school districts still to be chosen.
While screening tools are widely used statewide, the pilot will focus on rigorous diagnosis of screening results and the design of remediation plans to show what schools should do after children are screened. A final report to be submitted to the legislature after the three years will show how effective early intervention can improve grade-level reading.
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